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2020 Governor's Award Winner Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch

Governor's Awards 2020: Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch was initially built in 1989 as “a ranch that grows guitar players,” but it has since transformed into so much more. Founded by Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen, Fur Peace Ranch is an immersive music camp, conference center, concert venue, and art gallery located in Meigs County.
2020 Governor's Award Winner Joan Perch

Governor's Awards 2020: Joan Perch, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Joan Perch began her career as an arts educator and owner of several successful art galleries in downtown Cleveland. Recognizing the opportunity to combine and implement cutting-edge approaches to the fields of art, technology, business, and civic and economic development, Joan has pioneered programs that embraced innovation to further the impact of the arts.
RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

RJ Thompson is a tenured assistant professor of graphic and interactive design in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University. Parallel to his teaching, he is the principal and creative strategist for +Public, a design research-based social enterprise that focuses on cultivating community and economic development impact through the creation of branded communication platforms, creative place-making, and storytelling initiatives for communities-in-revival.
Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Ronette “Roni” Burkes-Trowsdell previously served as warden at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio, and was recently promoted to Regional Director of Specialty Institutions. Throughout Roni’s 18-year tenure with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, she has chosen to lead and support diverse projects that aim to increase access to the arts for those who are justice-involved around the state.
Sierra Leone, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2018: Sierra Leone, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Writer Sierra Leone is the president and artistic director of OFP Theatre Company, co-founded with her husband Robert Owens, Sr. For more than a decade, Ohio has benefitted from Sierra's vision of creative urban arts as a powerful artistic medium to bring communities together across racial, cultural, ideological, and economic divides.

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